Running in from an hour and a half drive to young Philadelphia pop-punk group Grayscale‘s last song “If I Ever See You Again”, I was admittedly disappointed that I still have yet to see this group’s entire set. With Like Pacific jumping on stage, the energy took an unexpected turn with vocalist Jordan Black’s hardcore-inspired moves on stage, demanding the crowd get hyped for the next performance: Seaway, which led into something I’ve never seen before: a comedy skit. An interesting and surprising part of the show including Charlotte-based Four Year Strong Merchandise Manager Jennings Compton, providing an impromptu comedy show between the sets. With a few long stories ending in hilarious punch lines, Compton brought an experimental aspect to a show that didn’t seem to mind the interruption. Although he could have used an introduction to the crowd, Compton proved that Merchandise Managers, and really anyone who works in the industry, are jacks of all trades throughout the entertainment industry. So if you’re catching a Four Year Strong show, we highly recommend asking the blonde and goofy merch manager for a joke (and definitely snag some merchandise).
Coming on stage with happy, poppy album Vacation via Pure Noise Records, Seaway jumped into hit singles like “Apartment”, “Something Wonderful” or “Lula On the Beach”, which all seemed surprisingly new to the crowd. While it quickly became evident to all outfits on this tour package that the crowd was truly here to see pop-rock, bearded legends Four Year Strong, Seaway‘s Ryan Locke talked the crowd through the experience with words of encouragement. “Anyone heard our new album? No? That’s cool, just have fun with us!” and “I think our album is the same price as a beer here, so we would really appreciate it if you picked it up!” are just two examples of stage banter with a marketing twist, which is one of many reasons that Seaway has seen major success with first record Colour Blind and now, Vacation (which we recently reviewed). While Patrick Carleton took over vocals for Locke much more than I had hoped, Locke continuously brought energy that the crowd needing with bounces and party-dancing. With a burst of success from these two albums comes a plethora of tours, the group recently announced first national headlining tour, beginning in Buffalo and ending in Boston. The crowd was a bit to blame for the lack of energy in the room, and while Locke’s signature vocals could have been a bit more present, the entire group of Seaway always bring a solidified show.
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